The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe is known for the suspenseful and mysterious nature in his short stories, and to achieve this he uses repetitive symbolism. In the “Fall of the House of Usher”, the narrator gets a letter from an old friend saying that he needs his help. When he arrives he starts to hear voices that eventually cause the house to fall and results in the death of usher and Madeline. Poe's “The fall of the House of Usher” portrays a melancholy setting and utilizes a motif of the supernatural, however, the symbolism conveys the evil of the people and the house which ultimately revealing Poe's overwhelming prevalence of symbolism and fascination with the superstitions of his time. Poe's description of a melancholy setting embeds symbols for the evil within the house and outside the house. As the narrator first arrives at the house he notices, "The precipitous brink of a black and lurid tarn that lay in unruffled lustre by the dwelling" (Poe 4). The tarn at the house symbolizes a death pool, describing it as dark and black, which is unlike normal water. This shows that death even lies outside the house and accompanies the grounds; proving there is no escape. Anything or anyone that’s alive has their fate decided. The house epitomizes death, “upon the vacant eye-like windows” (Poe 3). All the features of the house such as the windows and fungi represent a skull. This symbol is significant to the story due to the fact that a skull is a sign of death and danger, showing
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